The period where a loved one returns home from our recovery center in Los Angeles is an exciting time, full of hope. After having been away from you for so long, they’re finally returning home. Sober and happier, they’ll be looking to start their new life. We get questions all the time from loved ones asking: “how can I help? What can I do?” There are plenty of actions you can take to help your loved one’s transition from life at our facility to life in the outside world “smoother.”
Return from our Recovery Center in Los Angeles to a Fresh Start
That means that, if you can, make sure that there isn’t any of the substance they were addicted to in their home. Dumping out all of the liquor, getting rid of the drug paraphernalia and so forth. Your loved one may have done this before they headed in to rehab, but if not, you might want to consider doing it yourself, if you can. It may seem like a small thing, but little actions like this can make a huge difference.
Knowledge and Understanding
The more you know about the addiction your loved one suffers from, the better. If you learn all about the addiction your loved one has, you can better understand what them. Yes, there are some similarities among addicts, but the person who’s an alcoholic often acts differently under the influence from someone who’s addicted to cocaine. As difficult as it can be, it pays to be as non-judgmental with your loved one, too. Their addiction may have taken a significant toll on your relationship, but they are still your loved one.
Getting Support, Setting Boundaries
If you’re living with someone who has come home after rehab, it may be a bit more difficult than you might think. They probably will have some kind of routine that they’re going to want to stick to. Having an iron-clad schedule makes it less likely that they’re going to relapse, due to feelings of exhaustion, boredom, and so forth. Many people who live with someone who has an addiction have turned to Al-Anon support group meetings for people who are in the same situation they are. Their rules can help you to navigate this new life, especially the first three: “do not suffer because of the actions or reactions of other people. Do not allow yourself to be used or abused in the interest of another’s recovery. Do not do for others what they should do for themselves.”
A Sober, Joyful Life
Coming home from our recovery center is the next big step on that journey towards living the sober, happy life that you and your loved one wants. If you want that for your loved one (or yourself) and are unsure how to get there, give us a call. We can help you to figure out the next step forward when you call us at (888) 616-9075.